Friday, September 28, 2012

Blog Ring of Power Presents: Caterina Torres

Welcome to another Blog Ring of Power, today we have my friend from the great AQC. Thanks for joining us Cat, let's learn a bit about your Creative Process.

Cat: I am in my mid-twenties and I graduated with a BA in Anthropology and a minor in Humanities. The name I go by is Cat and I love to write about the apocalypse, but not in the biblical sense of the word. Any sort of dystopian, end of the world stories seriously interest me. I guess it has a lot to do with being part of the rat race of life, trying to climb the great ladder of success.

BRoP: Where do you get your story ideas?
Cat: Driving to and from work. You wouldn't believe how much I can think when I have to commute two hours a day.

BRoP:  Do you have a specific writing style?
Cat:  I don't outline anything, except the timeline, and I write from the beginning to end. I don't jump around the story.

BRoP:  How do you deal with writer’s block?
Cat:  Write another book. Seriously, when I was blocked with writing Biohazard Tattoo (book #2 in my Zombie Trilogy), I wrote another manuscript titled Death's List.

BRoP:  How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set formula?
Cat:  No. I usually stick to strong female characters and female villains, and sprinkle in some romance/love. My plots usually come to me while I'm writing.

BRoP:  Are you a “plotter” or a “pantser” (do you plan/outline the story ahead of time or write “by the seat of your pants”)?
Cat:  I'm a panster all the way.

BRoP: Do you use critique partners or beta readers? Why or why not?
Cat:  I used critique partners because having another set of eyes look over my manuscript is the most valuable tool any author can have.

BRoP:  How much time do you spend on research? What type of research do you do?
Cat:  I spend as much as I need on research, whether that be five minutes or five hours. The type of research I do depends on the type of story I'm writing. If I write about viruses, I better understand their mechanics.

BRoP: Is there anything you find particularly challenging to write?
Cat:  Historical pieces. It's almost as if I cannot stick myself back in time. And when I write, I like to picture myself in my story, doing the same actions so I can write it as believable as possible.

For the rest of this interview don't forget to join the other hosts of The Blog Ring of Power:

Part 3: with me
Part 5: Dean 

Here's where you can find Cat:

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What format is your book(s) available in (print, e-book, audio book, etc.)?
e-book and print.